There’s no better time to drink egg nog, mulled wine or a boozy hot chocolate than right now. And if you’re looking for places to indulge in the winter pastime, you’re in luck. Here are three bars that have temporarily transformed to send out holiday cheer, one punny cocktail at a time.
Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack
This tropical-themed Christmas pop-up bar is taking over Boilermaker, with eight specialty cocktails (each $14) created by head bartender Sam Gauthier, including the hot Sexy Santa (brandy, cabernet sauvignon, cinnamon, Angostura bitters and grapefruit essence), Toboggan Nog (Jamaica rum in a house pumpkin spice egg nog) and Sippin’ Santa (bourbon crème de menth, crème de cacao, egg white, wormwood bitters and nutmeg). There is also a selection of five boilermakers, or beer cocktails ($9-$14) with equally festive names, including the Jingle Bell Wipe-Out (Bell’s Christmas Ale and cinnamon shot). Through Dec. 24; 13 First Ave., 212-995-5400, boilermakernyc.com
Miracle on Ninth Street
Another seasonal pop-up inside an established venue — this one inside the Mace Bar — features a dozen festive cocktails by Nico de Soto (each $14), including the Grinch (rye whiskey, Pedro Ximenez, nuoc mam, pine bitters and frankincense smoke), Christmas Tree Gimlet (shochu, pine needle cordial, grapefruit oil) and Christmopolitan (fig leaf-infused vodka, St. Germain, lime juice, spiced cranberry sauce). Tons of tinsel, garlands, Christmas lights and more will also add to the holiday vibe. Through Dec. 24; 649 E. Ninth St.
La Birreria, Eataly’s rooftop beer restaurant, is temporarily channeling the Italian Alps with this ski-lodge-inspired pop-up, running through March. Warm up by the heaters or let the hot cocktails do the trick, from the Vin Brule ($9), a mulled wine with cloves, cinnamon, star anise and orange peel, to the Gnomo Cioccolato ($12), a Lavazza hot chocolate boozed up with Frangelico and Galliano and topped with whipped cream, to the egg nog-esque Bombardino ($14), with Vecchia Romagna Brandy, Zabov Zabaglione, whipped cream and nutmeg. 200 Fifth Ave., 212-937-8910, eataly.com